Take-out Tuesday, French Onion Soup Bread Casserole

This is a twist on the ever favorite French Onion Soup

I LOVE French Onion Soup, and often order it when I see it on the menu,

but the one thing that continually frustrates me is the bread

A lovely steaming bowl of soup topped with a large piece of thick bread

smothered in cheese arrives and you smile in anticipation…

You pick up your spoon and are met with a big NO Entrance sign!

That lovely cheese covered bread is like a locked door!

You poke around trying to get a spoonful of the luscious soup

 the bread tips and sloshes and makes getting a spoonful of soup challenging…

You desperately want a little piece of that bread but you can’t cut it with your spoon…

you can’t grab it with your fingers…

do you cut it with a knife and fork?

That will not only be awkward, but will look extremely odd…

In the end I wind up pushing it around for a while,

getting partial spoonfuls of soup

and eventually giving up…

But now I have a solution, French Onion Soup Bread!

All the flavor, AND easy to eat!

The method is much the same as traditional onion soup,

Caramelize the onions by cooking low and slow

and adding broth and seasonings when the onions are done

Have you ever heard that if you put a piece of bread in your mouth when you slice onions

it will keep you from tearing up?

It works!

Once the onion base is cooked and put in a baking dish,

top it with toasted bread cubes

Put them in an even layer and push them down to start soaking up the tasty liquid

Top with plenty of grated cheese, like Swiss or Gruyère

You can refrigerate this now, if desired, to bake later

Once baked, it transforms into crusty, cheesy gooey goodness!

This makes a wonderful side dish for grilled chicken, steak or fish

French Onion Soup Bread Casserole

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French


  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 4-6 small yellow onions sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • French bread slices toasted and cubed
  • 3 oz Swiss or Gruyère cheese grated


  • Cook onions low and slow until caramelized, about 30 minutes. Add garlic and increase heat to medium. Cook 1-2 minutes until you can smell garlic. Add Worchestershire, broth, sherry and seasonings.
  • Place onion mixture in the bottom of an 8 x 8 casserole dish. Top with toast cubes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 375 until hot, melted and golden, about 15-20 minutes if hot, 30-35 minutes if cool.
Keyword French onion soup, French Onion Soup bread, onion casserole, savory bread pudding

Here are a few other twists on French Onion Soup

Slow Cooker French Onion Ravioli Soup

French Onion Soup Pizzas

French Onion Soup Penne

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28 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, French Onion Soup Bread Casserole”
  1. Lynn says:

    This is a really fun idea Jenna-love it! Gotta keep this one in mind for a Sunday dinner soon:@)

  2. Rita C. says:

    Excellent solution! You’re so great at improvising, Jenna. And no, I hadn’t heard that trick about putting bread in your mouth when cutting onions.

  3. Jenna, I never order French onion soup for the very reason you stated. The casserole looks amazing and a great side dish for sure. I have tried so many different things to prevent the horrible tears when chopping onions, but the bread is a win, because who doesn’t love bread! Happy Tuesday~

  4. What a fun and delicious idea!

  5. Ricki Treleaven says:

    This looks so delicious!!! I want to try this Jenna because I love French onion soup! What’s this trick about bread?!?!?!?

    • Put a piece of bread in your mouth while you slice onions, it blocks the smell from your nose so you don’t get weepy while you’re chopping. The hardest part is not biting through the bread! But it does work!

  6. SOLD! I adore French onion soup and make it often. Quite often I’ll do large croutons from Rick’s bread instead of the nice slice and add the cheese separately on top, which works fine. But this looks SO GOOD! It would be a hit at a potluck, too, I think. I’m remember this for cork poppers!

  7. Mary says:

    Our temperatures dropped dramatically and it’s French Onion Soup weather this week! Love your tasty casserole solution Jenna 😉

  8. Sharon Mann says:

    Great idea, your cooking secrets are amazing!

  9. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh my, this does look oh, so tasty! Pinning for sure! And thanks for the tip about the bread while cutting onions. I’ll try it! 😊 Thanks Jenna.

  10. Jenna, I think my husband would be just crazy about this. He’s the onion soup eater in our house. Sounds like the perfect side dish. Pinning. 😉

  11. YUM!! Every time I visit, my mouth waters!

  12. Perfect solution! Love this idea. You are a whiz!

  13. Jodi says:

    Oh my yumminess!

  14. What a great recipe Jenna! I love French Onion soup and this is even better. I can almost taste it now. Now I’m hungry……

  15. Jill Kuhn says:

    This looks so comforting and yummy! 😋 What a fantastic solution for this soup! 👍

  16. This looks scrumptious!!

  17. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    What a great side dish so full of flavor! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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